NASA posts help-wanted ad for astronauts - Stripes
The final space shuttle launch ascended into the heavens in July accompanied by lamentations from politicians, former astronauts and space policy analysts that the United States was abandoning human spaceflight.
What a difference a few months makes. NASA recently projected flight tests in 2014 for its next generation space capsule. And now the agency has posted job openings for astronauts to serve on the International Space Station on a federal job search website.
The application is open to active-duty military members - the group that has long dominated the astronaut corps - but servicemembers must apply through their respective services. Military points of contact are listed on NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Program website.
So what kind of background does it take to be chosen to cross the final frontier?